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I'm an Andrew Klavan fan. I just got into his books a month or two ago. Here he has a very interesting post here which I'm not done thinking through but you may want to take a look at as well about Christian libertarianism.

Over at our much beloved Big Hollywood last week, filmmaker Leigh Scott had some thoughtful and entertaining comments on Kick-Ass, a movie he liked and which I haven’t seen. He says it’s a libertarian film and, as a side note, goes on to discuss what he feels are the differences between libertarian conservatives and Christian conservatives:
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Gutterball Master said...

"Harm none. Do what ye will." is a bumper sticker I've seen that sort of gets at what Mr. Klaven says. Of course, two terms must be defined: Harm and none.

I think: Stubbing a toe is not harm for laws, but the decline of the family is (SSM). Also, "none" for the voting public may not include the preborn, but of course it does.

Further, there are some people who just can't support themselves, this is where gov't should get involved, esp. if they have no family or estranged family due to their condition(s).

Just some thoughts. (A good friend of mine is a self-described Christian Libertarian too.)

Anonymous said...

I've know plenty of "Christian" libertarians. Problem is they are really Christians in the true sense of the word. As Christians, we are called to lead all souls to heaven. Libertarian Christians are mostly always NOT Catholic and they have never been taught about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. It's a true act of charity to admonish sinners, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, comfort the sorrowful, bear wrongs patiently, forgive injuries, pray for the living and the dead, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit those in prison, and bury the dead. Sorry, can't be a libertarian and do that....

P. Button said...

The idea that you can't perform corporal works of mercy and be a libertarian is just stupid. A Christian libertarian wants the government out of the mercy works business, a position that is pretty consistent with the idea of subsidiarity. When the State is clothing and feeding everyone, it is not true charity or mercy, just a bureaucratic and inhuman welfare system. Pope Leo XIII warned about government intrusion into the proper roles of the family, including corporal interdependence. Also libertarians are not anarchists. They do believe that the government should protect the life and liberty of it's citizens. This should include the unborn. Although some libertarians support abortion, they do so because they do not believe the unborn to be human. I of course disagree and believe that the State, even a libertarian one, has a responsibility to protect all human life.

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